Ind. hunters bag near-record number of turkeys

Inaianapolis (AP) – Indiana hunters bagged a near-record number
of birds during wild turkey season this spring.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the spring
harvest of 12,993 fowl was the second highest since modern turkey
seasons began 40 years ago and exceeded the 2008 harvest by 789
birds.

Adult gobblers represented 81 percent of the total taken in the
regular season, April 22 to May 10, and the youth season, April 18
and 19. A total of 978 turkeys were taken during the youth season.
Turkeys were taken in 88 of the 92 counties open to hunting this
spring.

DNR wildlife biologist Steve Backs says the higher numbers
probably were likely due to a general statewide increase in the
turkey population and a steady growth in the number of turkey
hunters.

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